Your Weekly Diversion, Week 34

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Graphic courtesy of Donna Downey’s Simply Me

Week 34 and I almost forgot to post this week’s diversions. We are in the middle of a hurricane, except we are 1,380 miles away from our home there. I can only say I’m glad to be safe, and we hope that all our friends, neighbors and all beings down there are safe, too. Many have evacuated, but others who are dear to us decided to ride it out. We’ve been texting with friends and family in and from Florida, from Naples to LaBelle to Daytona to Sarasota to Miami. This is the worst hurricane to hit Southwest Florida in generations. At least that’s what Brian Williams on MSNBC just said. I believe it. Suddenly I don’t care about politics. Or dieting. Or finances. Or the family challenges that might grab me at another time. We are glued to the TV coverage of Irma. Right now Mike Bettis on the Weather Channel is leaning into the 95 mph wind blasting up US 41, also known as the Tamiami Trail. They have just reported that the water level has risen 5 feet in just 20 minutes, so the surge has begun, and fast.

 

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Graphic from Polyvore

It is truly an opportunity to practice the program. If not now, when?

We have heard from friends and family from Florida and all over the country wishing us well. We’ve heard from friends in Canada and India, and I’ve heard from several clients aware we have a home in Naples and spend about half the year there. It’s so wonderful to know we’re loved and cared about and I don’t have anything more to say. But this…

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Graphic courtesy of Not Salmon

I heard this poignant song on satellite radio this afternoon. Jessica Allossery, a beautiful, beautiful voice singing “I’ll Let You Go”. This is for all of you and all that we care about, remembering that everyone and everything that we love and care about is of the nature to change. That’s from Buddhism’s Five Remembrances.

 

Namasté 

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15 thoughts on “Your Weekly Diversion, Week 34

  1. Thinking of you … and hoping that you parse your dosage of news coverage–the storm will do what it will do whether you remain glued to the TV screen or not … and diversion is healthy as it is a good way to dilute anxiety, and not have to view the same 90 seconds of reporter-buffeted-by-wind or storm-surge or empty-beach-where-water-left-to-regroup-for-surge and all the rest of the things that make the minutia of filling in 24/7 coverage but don’t need to be constantly watched. Just saying. xoxo

    • Thank you so much, Sandy! Our mayor says Naples was largely spared. I have seen video of mobile homes surrounded by water in Naples. We are anxiously awaiting news of our little street. I hope your family made it through with no damage. Parts of Miami had a harder time than I think was expected.

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